Temur Delver by Bozo_0388 on MtGO

Creatures (12)
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Nimble Mongoose
4 Tarmogoyf

Non-Creature Spells (30)
4 Brainstorm
4 Daze
1 Dismember
4 Force of Will
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Ponder
2 Spell Pierce
2 Spell Snare
4 Stifle
1 Seal of Fire

Lands (18)
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
3 Tropical Island
3 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Pithing Needle
4 Red Elemental Blast
2 Rough / Tumble
2 Submerge
1 Sulfur Elemental
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Sylvan Library

Summary

Temur Delver, also previously known as RUG Delver or Canadian Threshold, is a Legacy aggro deck that features Delver of Secrets and a significant amount of disruption and protection for the little bug that could. For several years in Legacy, Temur Delver was considered top dog in the format. It has faded slightly in recent times, but the sheer power of the strategy makes it a consistently viable strategy in every tournament.

The deck operates as a very classic tempo deck. It wants to first land one of its creatures, Delver of Secrets, Nimble Mongoose, or Tarmogoyf, then use that creature as a beatdown clock that presents an end turn to the opponent. It then attacks turn after turn while disrupting the opponent’s game plan and protecting the valuable creature (or creatures) until the game is closed out.

Temur Delver shares a lot of its disruption cards with other Legacy tempo or midrange decks. Brainstorm, Force of Will, Lightning Bolt, and Ponder are all very common inclusions in a variety of decks in Legacy, while Daze, Spell Pierce, and Spell Snare are all seen frequently in the format’s tempo decks. Where Temur Delver truly differentiates itself is in its mana disruption strategy.

Stifle has many applicaitons in Legacy, but more than not in this deck, it will be used to stop an opponent from using their fetchland, effectively casting Sinkhole for 1 mana. The full playset of Wasteland being included, despite only having 18 total lands, is another card selection decision that shows that the mana denial strategy of this deck is very important.

The flex slots in the mainboard of Temur Delver can be taken up by several interesting cards, but this list opted for 1 Dismember, which is usually a nice catch-all answer in Legacy, and Seal of Fire, which is another removal spell for early creatures that also adds another card type to the graveyard for Tarmogoyf.

The sideboard of Temur has barely changed over the years, with cards like Ancient Grudge, Red Elemental Blast (and/or Pyroblast), Rough / Tumble, Submerge, Sulfur Elemental, Surgical Extraction, and Sylvan Library being in more lists than not. This leaves little room for sideboard innovation (and mainboard innovation for that matter, as well).

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Seal of Fire

+1 Dismember

Sideboard

-1 Grafdigger’s Cage

+1 Life from the Loam

This is day 88 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 87 here, where we featured an innovative Modern Reanimator deck that uses cards from both Shadows Over Innistrad and Aether Revolt!

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